The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance
An alliance of the UK's leading organisations associated with the conservation and improvement of traditional buildings
The UK Centre of Excellence for Traditional Buildings
Knowledge and guidance from the UK's leading experts
We are the home of Responsible Retrofit and are one of the founders of the Whole House Approach in the UK.

The aim of the STBA is to deliver a sustainable traditional built environment in the UK

The balance between a building’s Context (its history, setting and future), its potential for Change (in a dynamic world), and its demands for Continuity (ongoing maintenance), is challenging. The unique structure of the STBA with its three co-Chairs representing Industry, Heritage and Sustainability enables us to deliver a truly Whole Building Approach to the future of traditional buildings in the UK.


Grosvenor’s new report entitled “Heritage and Carbon” has just been released. Key arguments include:

  • Historic buildings can play a leading role in the fight against climate change. But five core issues have to be addressed: policy, guidance, cost, supply chain skills and capacity in local government.
  • A key starting point is policy because unless that is clear, there is little basis for consistent decision-making by anyone involved.
  • This summer, the Government should use the impetus of planning reform and COP26 to change the NPPF, aligning heritage and sustainability much more closely and including policies for carbon reduction in relation to all designated heritage assets, excluding scheduled ancient monuments.
  • This could cut operational carbon emissions by up to 7.7 MtC02 per year, equivalent to 5% of the UK’s carbon emissions associated with all buildings in 2019.
  • It would also act as a powerful stimulus to the green economy and help protect a crucial part of our common heritage which gives so many people a sense of civic pride and identity in this country.


Our Responsible Retrofit page is now up and working again!


We're looking for an administrative assistant to join the TGR team!

Do you have experience in coordinating events and training? Are you a self-start who can work on multiple projects / tasks at any one time? Visit our website for more info:

We are looking forward to Karl Harder, Founder & Managing Director, @AbundanceInv, speak at our event next month, 'Build Net Zero NOW: Net Zero Housing and Green Finance'. Link for tickets below.
#netzero #finance #sustainability #climatecrisis

We have three opportunities for heritage building skills apprentices, funded by the @HamishOgstonFdn.

⚒️ Stonemason, based in St Helens, Merseyside

🧱 Bricklayer, based in County Durham

🧱 Bricklayer, based in Eccleston, Chester

Find out more ➡️

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